My Musings – Paul had just recounted all the reasons he had for putting his confidence in the flesh – that if anyone could obtain righteousness on his own merit it was him. This was no idle boast on his part. His credentials were impeccable. If anyone had “the right stuff” it was him. But Paul came to realize there was nothing he could “do” to obtain his salvation, it had already been “done” by Christ’s atoning death on the cross. What Paul’s greatest efforts were powerless to accomplish, the “power of [the] resurrection” was able to do.
“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ” – Like Paul, we could never be able to do enough of the “right stuff” to earn our salvation. Rather, it comes “through faith in Christ.“
“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead” – What we put behind us is our own righteousness that comes from the law. We count it as loss. What we strain toward is the righteousness that comes from God through faith in Christ. We count it as profit.
My Advice – Knowing that we cannot “have a righteousness of [our] own,” do we really want to come to God on the basis of that righteousness (rubbish), or on the basis of Christ’s righteousness (surpassing greatness)?
Today’s musing was inspired by Pastor Kevin Rutledge’s sermon “Grace Exchange” on October 20, 2019. Check it out at https://www.fbcsycamore.com/sermons. If you live in or are visiting the area, come and join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. We’d love to be partners in the Gospel with you.